Brazilian wants to extend stay
- 11 November 2009 09:10
- Posted byChris Bailey in Abu Dhabi
Brazilian defender Sylvinho has admitted he would like to stay longer at City than his current one-year deal.
The 35-year-old left back has made only one first team start since signing from Barcelona in the summer but has been impressed by what he has seen.
And if the chance presents itself to stay for another, he will not turn down the opportunity to continue passing on his knowledge.
Having played for Arsenal as well as Barca in their all-conquering days, the twice Champions League winner, is impressed by what he sees at City.
“It is an amazing and exciting thing to be at a club that has such ambition. Of course I would like to play football every week but I understand how to handle these things,” said Sylvinho.
I am really excited by what I see at City and if I feel good, and feel strong at the end of the season, and the club asks me then I would be delighted to extent my stay.
“I would definitely like to remain longer. The project to make this club one of the best in Europe and the World cannot be completed in six months or a year and would like to be part of it for as long as possible.”
He does, however, admit that it wasn’t easily settling in after the move from Spain.
“Even when you are an experienced player, and not young anymore, changing the country where you live is not easy,” he revealed.
“The first month and a half was difficult to set the family up in Manchester and I was worried about my young daughter and school because she was speaking only Catalan and Portuguese but she is very clever and has picked up English very well and we have settled well. The club helped a great deal in us settling in and so did the other players
“What really pleased me was finding how big this club was already and that everyone around it is working hard to make it even bigger.
“We have a lot of good players and an intelligent and good man in manager in Mark Hughes but the key is to make sure the mentality in the dressing room is right. Every minute of the day in every week has to be geared towards thinking about winning three points in the next game.
Top sides never think they might lose or even draw – of course they do – but they are single minded in the pursuit of victory and that is what we have to be.
“We need to make people believe that we can do that. It is very important. Mentality is very important. Whatever we are aiming for, be it, top four, top three or top two, it is going to be difficult but easier if the mentality is there.”
Boss Mark Hughes has been impressed with the defender’s contribution which goes far beyond his time on the pitch or the bench.
“He is a great guy. We do our homework on players and obviously his ability is not in question but we also knew that he is not only a good footballer but a fantastic individual,” he said.
We knew that he would help the dynamic in the dressing room. His manner is fantastic.
...Hughes on Sylvinho
“I can see him as a coach when he stops playing. He spends quite a bit of time speaking to guys during training sessions, passing on his experience. He has the personality that lends itself to a coaching role.”